What's On

CAA - Monthly Meetings: Held on the first Wednesday of each month

Check the next meeting venue HERE Collaborate

RSVP by email to fiona.blake@outlook.com by Friday 11th February.

Alison Brooks Architects: Cultural Formations - Selected Works 2002-2022

18 February – 7 April 2022

Clare Hall, University of Cambridge

Open 9am-5pm daily

One of the most exciting and innovative contemporary architectural practices, Alison Brooks Architects, is the subject of an upcoming exhibition at Clare Hall. Models, mounted on pedestals, drawings and photographs represent 20 years' work and include major building projects, such as that recently completed at Exeter College, Oxford. All are on show in Clare Hall’s main building, designed by Ralph Erskine, an Englishman who established a practice in Sweden and became part of Scandi Modernism. His work and that of Alison Brooks establish an immediate connection, through a sympathetic use of materials, an interest in simplicity and a desire for architecture that relates to a way of life and the needs of those who live or work in it.

Each of the displayed works demonstrates Alison Brooks Architects’ ability to reveal and translate social histories, urban archetypes and iconographies into contemporary space and form; at the same time, they celebrate locality and craft with a tectonically inventive architecture.

Find all details via https://www.clarehall.cam.ac.uk/events/alison-brooks-architects-cultural-formations-selected-works-2002-2022

Annual General Meeting : Wednesday 2nd February 2022 : 6.30pm

To ensure equal opportunity and fresh ideas once a year the elected positions of the committee are refreshed.

If you'd like to put yourself forward and help the CAA to deliver or organise its events in the comming year, or just get involved please contact our secretary.


Each position is refreshed annually, so all positions are reconsidered.

Thanks to the current committee of dedicated leading volunteers that have helped to steer our events over the last year!

1. Chair (currently Mart Barrass)

2. Seceretary & Data Champion (currently Quratulain Hafeez)

3. Treasurer (currently Kelly O’Doherty)

4. Communications (currently Mark Richards)

5. Events (currently Eliza Papoutsi-Lentzos)

6. Outreach (currently Ann Bassett and Margherita Cesca Nelda-Haynes)

7. Climate Champion (currently Alice Hamlin)

8. Urban Room (currently Ze’ev Feigis)

What's involved - Find out more and use our contact page to email any of the above with your questions.

Mince pie anyone!

Stirling Prize 2021

Join us to celebrate two shortlisted Cambridge projects this coming Thursday 14th October at Cambridge Central Mosque for the live viewing of the awards.

Registration available HERE

CAA Site Visit

Feilden Fowles

Hommerton Dining Hall

Look out for the invitation on Eventbrite to join this event!

CAA Topic Talk

Rion Willard

Business of Architecture

3 November, 2021 6.30pm

Look out for the Zoom meeting password in the CAA newsletter. Not registered follow the LINK


CAA Summer Reception

Thursday 2 September, 2021 6.30 - 8.30pm


CAA Topic Talk

Feilden Fowles

2 June, 2021 6.30pm

Look out for the Zoom meeting password in via our newsletter


CAA Climate Action Series


Embodied Carbon

12 May, 2021 5.30pm

For the second in this series looking at embedding sustainability in practice, Mathai Mathew of Michael Hadi Associates will be sharing insights on how to calculate, benchmark and reduce embodied carbon in design.

Zoom pre-registration below


Decolonise Architecture

ARCSOC - talks

The Martin Centre

for Architectural and Urban Studies


How do we achieve Zero Carbon?

CFCI Climate Emergency Webinar - WEEK No.3

Wednesday 16 December 1pm

Case studies, ambitions, future standards and legislation

Chair : Joel Gustafsson, CFCI Trustee, JG Consulting

Linda Thiel, White Architekter

Patrick Bellew, Atelier Ten

Tumi Hawkins, South Cambs Council Lead Cabinet member for Planning Policy and Delivery

Zoom pre-registration below


Cambridge Climate Emergency Month

The Green Agenda - unpicking the barriers to change

Construction Declares in conjunction with Architects Declare invites you to a series of multi-disciplinary meetings around the UK, open to all.

The first regional meeting in the East will be looking at The Green Agenda and how to unpick the barriers to change.

The meetings are taking place on Zoom and are free to attend.


Towards a Low Carbon Future with LETI

RIBA S/SE region -Sustainability Talks- 19th November- James and Kat are going to present the LETI Climate Emergency Design Guide and embodied carbon primer as part of the RIBA's 'People, Place, Planet' series, so if you are new to LETI and haven’t heard a presentation about these guides, this is a good chance to get up to speed!


Passivhaus Conference

Passivhaus conference- Online Wednesday afternoons in November- Join the very first virtual UK Passivhaus conference to discover the latest Passivhaus developments - the theme is a healthy & Green Future.

There are heavy discounts are available for Local Authorities, Social Housing Providers, and Educational Institutions. If any keen students are interested in attending but seeking a discount – do contact info@passivhaustrust.org.uk


Calling all chartered practices

As a result of the current crisis, RIBA East Regional Chair Tom Foggin is organising an online forum via Microsoft Teams on Wednesday 22 April between 4 pm and 5.15 pm, specifically for Chartered Practices in the East of England. This is one of a number of similar RIBA regional forums taking place nationwide.

The purpose is to provide an opportunity for you to discuss how you are being impacted by the crisis, socialise with other practitioners, and to propose ways in which the RIBA could support you now and in the coming months, both nationally and via the regional office. The intelligence gained will be fed into colleagues for further review and response.

Tom will be joined by Adrian Dobson, RIBA’s Executive Director Professional Services, and Lucy Monks from RIBA’s Public Affairs team, to both update you on the extensive work that the RIBA is currently doing on your behalf and to respond to any specific questions you may have.

An outline agenda is as follows:

4.00 pm - introduction – Tom Foggin

4.05 pm - overview of RIBA activity – Adrian Dobson

4.20 pm - overview of public affairs work – Lucy Monks

4.30 pm - open discussion / Q&A

5.15 pm - close

Please do bring a flavour of ‘after work’ with you by having your favourite tipple, or a cuppa, to hand, just to help oil those vocal chords!

In terms of accessing the meeting, simply click on the link at the foot of this email at 4pm next Wednesday, and, if you don’t have Teams software, you can access via the web based application. Alternatively you can put your questions to Tom on an email addressed Louise.Todd@riba.org

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Given the Corona-virus situation, we have decided to Postpone the 2nd April 2020 launch event for the upcoming issue of the Cambridge Gazette and the CAA+ Climate Action CPD series.

CA79 will still go out to all our members. It is an in-depth focus on the climate and biodiversity crises with some fantastic contributions from Mole, GHA and others across the construction industry - it should be an interesting read!

We will update you on our new program of events in due course.

Climate Emergency Conference

8.45AM 24th March 2020: Robinson College, Cambridge

Join us at the CFCI to discuss the climate emergency with industry experts at this half-day conference. The conference is supported by the City Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council, and organised together with Carbon Neutral Cambridge. There will be ample opportunity for networking and for meeting the speakers.

Early booking is recommended for what looks likely to be a very popular event!

08:45 - 09:15 Registration & coffee

09:15 – 09:30 Welcome & Introductions

9:30 Session 1: Construction Overview in a Zero Carbon Context

  • Joel Gustafsson (Max Fordham): What we mean by “Net Zero” and “Zero Carbon”

  • Clara Bagenal George (London Energy Transformation Initiative): A climate emergency design guide

  • Sam Hunter Jones (Client Earth): The legal obligation for local plans to secure emissions reductions

  • Paul Frainer (Strategy, Cambridge Shared Planning): How can the Greater Cambridge Local Plan help to achieve a zero carbon economy? .

11:30 Session 2: Exemplars of zero carbon construction

  • David Richards (Atelier Ten): Designing the WWF-UK's Living Planet Centre

  • Linda Thiel (White Architekter): Designing the Climate Innovation District in Leeds

More details HERE

Public Climate Change Seminar

Cambridge Climate Lecture Series 2020 #CCLS2020

13 February - 12 March 2020 – Cambridge, UK


Winstanley Lecture Theatre - Blue Boar Court, Trinity College

Trinity Street



2019 was a seminal year for awareness of climate change. However, if we're going to confront the climate crisis, we need to do something. Now is the Time For Action.


Attend the Cambridge Climate Lecture Series 2020 #CCLS2020 to explore what we need to do now to reduce our CO2 emissions.

Every lecture will feature a short video from Fridays for Future (https://www.fridaysforfuture.org/) with climate strikers from around the world.

More details HERE

Public Climate Change Seminar

2020 Christ's College Climate Seminars

The Centre for Scienec and Policy is working with Professor Charles Kennel, Director Emeritus at the Scipps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego, to deliver the 2020 series of climate change seminars hosted by Christ's College

Seminar 4:

Economic and fiscal choices as we transition to net zero

More details HERE

Free to attend

Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

Talk and discussion with David Mikhail of architects Mikhail Riches, Stirling Prize winner 2019

Friday 13th December 2019, 11.45 - 12.45

Venue: Lecture Room 0, Department of Engineering Main Building, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1PZ

Free to attend

'Zero-Carbon in practice with David Mikhail of Mikhail Riches'

The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership's (CISL) Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment (IDBE) team is delighted to extend an invitation to University and external guests to join a lecture and discussion with Mr David Mikhail, Director of the architectural practice Mikhail Riches and a University of Cambridge alum (1981-84).

Mr Mikhail will be speaking to the IDBE course about the Goldsmith Street project and he will be sharing lessons about developing a zero-carbon practice and prioritising sustainability in projects while maintaining business viability and creative inspiration.

Mikhail Riches practice was awarded the 2019 RIBA Stirling Prize, the UK’s most prestigious award for architecture, for the Goldsmith Street social housing development in Norwich city centre. The Goldsmith Street development constitutes the UK’s largest Passivhaus project and has received critical acclaim for providing desirable, environmentally and socially responsive housing.

Further details of the lecture can be found HERE

For further information or to register your interest to attend, contact idbe@cisl.cam.ac.uk

Call for Volunteers - RIBA Outreach

Architecture Workshop

Free to attend - lunch provided.

Contact: Carl Rowland


This autumn we're supporting Chesterton Community College Year 8, Year 9 and Year 10 students prepare their designs for an outdoor space within the school grounds for a site adjacent the former Cambridge City FC ground. The students will propose ways to improve and increase biodiversity.

We're looking for enthousiastic design menotrs to assist the students over a three day programme of organised exploration on:

  • Monday 9th December (Yr10)

  • Tuesday 10th December (Yr 9)

  • Wednesday 11th December (Yr 8)

Each day will consist of three sessions:

  • Session 1 - 9.10am 10.50am

  • Session 2 - 11.10am - 12.50pm

  • Session 3 - 1.25pm - 3.05pm

And explore ideas such as:

  • An outdoor teaching space

  • An Outdoor space for drama

  • Biodiversity improvements

  • Nesting habitats for bird ecology

  • BBQ and Fire pit

  • Willow sculptures

  • Ideas for outdoor sheltres

We're looking for one or two volunteers to support each session. If you can spare a couple of hours on either of these days or more, contact Carl. outreach@cambridgearchitects.org

Time for Action - Special CAA Meeting

Tuesday 26th November 2019, 6.30pm

Venue: Mole architects - 52 Burleigh Street, Cambridge CB1 1DJ

'Our House Is On Fire'

Mole agree with Greta Thunberg that ‘our house is on fire’ and the time for action is now. The CAA agree, the pace of change is too slow, and we stand a good chance of missing the targets that would reduce CO2 emissions by the amount required to prevent a catastrophe for future generations.

Since the climate strike in September, Mole have been researching what they can do as a practice, but the more they learn, the more they realise how much needs to be done. Mole would like your help and invite you to meet next Tuesday evening, 6:30pm 26th November, to share their progress and hear from you.

The proposed agenda is:

Framing the problem

Climate and ecological emergency

What we have to do as a country

What this means for the profession

The challenge in practice:

Learning to calculate embodied carbon

Tools for low energy design

Outside the office

  • Short term goals:

Teaming up with local groups

Future Homes Standard consultation

Local Plan consultation

  • Long term goals:

Raising awareness of the challenge and pushing a green agenda

Supporting each other to design low energy buildings

4 Discussion

If your practice has particular topics you would like to discuss, please email them to alice@molearchitects.co.uk in advance. Please also email Alice if you would like to attend, so Mole have an idea of numbers.

We look forward to seeing you next week

Great British Buildings - Cambridgeshire

RIBA Members £7.50 Non Members £10 Students £5

Booking via www.architecture.com/whats-on

Look out for this autumn's Great British Buildings Programme, a series of talks and tours showcasing some of this year's RIBA award winners.

26 September - Marmalade Lane by Mole Architects

3 October - Peter Hall Performing Arts Centre, Cambridge by Haworth Tompkins

17 October - The Simon Sainsbury Centre, Cambridge by Stanton Williams

22 October - Dorothy Garrod Building, Newnham College by Walters & Cohen Architects

24 October - Goldsmith Street, Norwich by Mikhail Riches with Cathy Hawley

7 November - St Albans Museum + Gallery by John McAslan + Partners

Brick Works

16 October 2019, 5.30 to 8.30pm

The Old Hall, Queens’ College, University of Cambridge, Silver St, Cambridge CB3 9ET

Building on the success of the first regional events in Birmingham and Manchester during 2018, this year the Brick Development Association is delighted to deliver its first ever Brick Works evening in Cambridge.

Hosted by the University of Cambridge, you will hear from one of the world’s leading authorities on the history of clay brick, Dr James W.P. Campbell, Reader in Architecture and Construction History, Queens’ College (Fellow) and Director of Studies both for Queens’ and Trinity. Other speakers include Katerina Dionysopoulou and Billy Mavropoulos, Bureau de Change and award-winning architect, ceramist artist and designer, Maria Gasparian, on what she considers the possibilities for creating extraordinary architecture by combining ceramic art and industrial manufacturing.


  • 17:30 - 18:00 Networking, drinks and canapes

  • 18:00 - 18:40 Historical perspective. Presentation by Dr James W.P. Campbell, University of Cambridge, Q&A

  • 18:40 - 19:20 Contemporary practice. Presentation by Katerina Dionysopoulou and Billy Mavropoulos, Bureau de Change, Q&A

  • 19:20 - 20:00 Industrial innovation. Presentation by Maria Gasparian, Q&A

  • 20:00 - 20:30 Networking, drinks and canapes

Book via Eventbrite - HERE

Keeping Cambridge Special

28 September 2019, 9.00 to 1pm (Registration at 9am)

Centre for Mathematical Sciences, University of Cambridge

Contribute and debate the evolving new Local Plan


Spatial implications of zero carbon

Implications of biodiversity

What housing will we need?

Book via Eventbrite - HERE

Cambridge 2030 - Meeting the Zero Carbon challenge

10 September 2019, 7.00 to 9pm (doors open at 6.40pm)

St John’s College, The Old Divinity School, St John’s Street

An evening of celebration, conversation and inspiration to mark the 10th anniversary of Open Eco Homes.

With keynote speaker Baroness Brown of Cambridge Julia King and a panel of housing experts including architect Meredith Bowles, Greater Cambridge Senior Sustainability Officer Emma Davies, and Open Eco Homes host and particle physicist Bart Hommels.

Cambridge 2030 is an opportunity to listen, talk and network. As well as our panel discussion we’ll have relevant organisations and business available to answer your questions, information to take away and space to meet and talk over refreshments.

Join the conversation to help co-create a housing vision for Cambridge that answers the climate emergency and delivers good quality life enhancing homes for every citizen.

CAA - Summer Social 2019

Wednesday 7th August 2019, 6.30pm for 6.45pm departure

Setting off from St John's College Harbour

(Accessed via Northampton Street, Cambridge CB2 1TP


  • For those who can't make the start time or don't wish to travel on the water, please feel free to join the party at Mill Pond for the picnic at 7:15pm (opposite the Double Tree, West bank of the River Camb).

  • Refreshments will be provided in the punt, but please bring whatever picnic food and drinks you wish.

If you can't make the outbound punt, there may be spaces available for the return trip back to St John's Harbour.


If the weather is bad the event will revert to an indoor venue, so please still join us at St John's Harbour for 6.30pm.

RESERVE YOUR SPOT via Eventbrite

ARU - Summer Exhibition 2019

13th June 2019, 6.30pm to 8pm opening + awards ceremony

Ground floor, Marconi Building, Chelmsford Campus

Anglia Ruskin University, Bishop Hall Lane, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 1SQ

Exhibition includes student work from the following courses:

BA (Hons) Architecture - BSc (Hons) Architecture - BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology MSc Town Planning - Undergraduate and Postgraduate Engineering

Exhibition open daily 10am-6pm ending at 1pm on Monday 24 June 2019

ARSOC Talk - Patrik Schumacher of Zaha Hadid Architects

13th May 2019, 5.30pm to 7pm

Department of Architecture 1-5 Scoope Terrace, Cambridge CB2 1PX

Hear from the big man himself.

RIBA 66 Portland Place

Unitil 21 May 2019, 10am to 5pm

Last chance to see Making It Happen

How are architects working with communities to improve local buildings and places during times of economic and political austerity? Four immersive installations, representing recent projects from around the UK, fill the Architecture Gallery at 66 Portland Place to offer inspiring examples of architects and local communities working together.

ARSOC Talk - Reiner de Graaf of OMA

8th May 2019, 5.30pm to 7pm

Department of Architecture 1-5 Scoope Terrace, Cambridge CB2 1PX

Reiner's professorship focuses on how buildings have become an indespensible vehicle for generating financial returns and the implications this has on architectural form and typology. His program, entitled 'The Assett Class', radically reexamines the history of architecture...

RIBA CPD Event Cambridge

25 April 2019, 10am to 5pm

The RIBA suite of contracts have been updated. Find out what's changed and all you need to know about the new formats, what the differences are and why your current approach might need a refresh.

3C Shared Services CPD Event Cambridge

25 April 2019, 2pm at South Cambs District Council offices, Cambourne

Hear about innovative insulation products from ACITIS who have a new innovative insulation system for walls and roofs.

To book your place, please email buildingcontrol@3csharedservices.org

Cambridge Architecture ReLaunch - SAVE the DATE

Tuesday 5th March 2019

We've bought forward our annual Cambridge Association of Architects networking event to mark the relaunch of our bi-annual publication Cambridge Architecture. At the event we'll showcase some of the exciting projects supported recently by us. More details will follow shortly, but for now, save the date!

CAA Christmas Social

Tuesday, 4 December 2018 - 6.30pm until late

Venue: Old Bicycle Shop, Cambridge

Join your friends, colleagues and design community for that annual catch up and intel on what to look out for in 2019. Who are the new movers and shakers likely to be and who are the best practices to work with. All this and more...

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